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Help SPINALpedia win the Crowdrise Holiday Challenge!

We need your help to win!

SPINALpedia.com has a chance to win $100,000 in Crowdrise’s Holiday Challenge if we raise the most money out of hundreds of non-profits by January 9th!

This incredible opportunity also offers tons of prizes along the way! SPINALpedia has the chance to win extra money and exposure on Huffington Post and donors can win cool prizes like tickets to the premiere of the new Anchorman movie and Android phones– just for supporting us!

This is the first time SPINALpedia has entered into a fundraising campaign! The money raised will allow us improve our site and make it mobile compatible and to improve our outreach to hospitals. We also hope to be able to translate our services to other languages – anything to make SPINALpedia even more awesome! 

Here’s the thing.. we can’t do it without you!!

Even if you don’t have a dollar of your own to spare, you can still help us be successful!

Help us in any or all of these ways: 

1) Share our videos ALL over social media– You can share Britt’s story, Josh’s story or Nick’s story– and help the world understand why SPINALpedia needs to exist!

2) Join our fundraising team- Go to SPINALpedia’s competition page and click ‘JOIN THE TEAM’ at the bottom, in seconds you’ll have your own page as a part of our awesome team! Collect donations from your friends and family who believe in SPINALpedia and what we’re doing for the paralysis community! No amount is too small!

3) Make a tax-deductible donation of ANY amount- Click here to donate. Whether its $10 or $10,000, every bit makes a difference and shows us that you want SPINALpedia to be all it can be!

Thanks for your help! Now let’s get to it!

Any questions? Shoot an email to Britt: britt@SPINALpedia.com

Adapted cooking with the founder of Ms. Wheelchair Utah

Meet Meg Johnson, the hip/2012 version of the happy-go-lucky housewife and she’s doing in all on four wheels. Her injury was a wild one; in 2004, Meg leaped onto a boulder that wasn’t stable enough while she was hiking. The fall broke both her femurs, her arms, collar bone and C7 vertebrae (ouch indeed).

Now home and queen of her domain again, Meg is making some of the best how-to videos for quads/wheelchair-users I’ve ever seen. Did I mention she founded the Ms. Wheelchair Utah pageant too? Yeah, she’s all warm and fuzzies.

The adorable Meg lives in a farmhouse in northern Utah (with her just as adorable husband Whit). After returning home, the number one thing she wanted to do (after learning how to put on makeup) was how to do everything around the house again. Well, mastered it she has, and now she’s sharing her tips in “Meg’s Movies,” a series of 1 minute videos showing how she does everyday things around the house. She’s the most bubbly quad I’ve ever seen and they’re ALL super fun to watch (all 30+ of them).

One of my favorite is “Making Eggs” focused on adapted cooking, where she whips up delicious scrambled eggs (using leftover mushrooms) for she and her husband’s breakfast. I LOVE how her first step is something I always do too: Put an oversized cutting board on your lap (as your most important “counter” space). And she shows how she licks her fingers to get the eggs out (cutest trick ever), how she cracks them deftly (love her pinky scoop method) and how she plates it all on her cutting board/lap. She is too good, too good.

And her other how-to videos are just as fun: How to pick up cracked eggs (ha), how she ties an apron, how she gets into her house, how she gets into her Subarau Baja using a wheelchair crane/lift, how she goes grocery shopping, even how she cuts and paints her toe nails. And here’s a great video of her speaking at a graduation ceremony, (motivational speaking is another thing she started doing after her injury).

Sometimes a little hearth and home can be the best medicine. Creating beautiful things, enjoying the salt of the Earth, cooking, being useful again, it all helps heal the soul. Meg has definitely got this figured out.

What piddly things around the home do you get the most joy from doing? Have you tried adapted cooking?

Watch the videos!

Meg’s Minute Movie – Episode 2: Making Eggs

Meg’s Movie Minute – Episode 1: Tying an apron

Meg’s Movie Minute – Episode 9: Painting Toe Nails